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Project information

Student Division Launch & Development

LWOBThrough our Student Division, Lawyers Without Borders aims to expand pro bono opportunities for the next generation of lawyers. We have grown to over 15 UK based student divisions. This project will support continued expansion and development of these divisions.

January 2017 - January 2020

Charity information: Lawyers Without Borders UK

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  • Need


    The culture of pro bono in the UK continues to grow and expand. Though interest and commitment is strong, young lawyers and future lawyers continue to face a shortage of international and human rights rule of law oriented pro bono opportunities. As more pro bono opportunities become available to law students, it is important that all universities, including those outside the 'red brick' criteria, can reap the benefits.


    The continued expansion of the Student Division will provide law students with opportunities to become involved with the work of Lawyers Without Borders, rule of law, human rights and the culture of giving back. As developed by LWOB, the student division model is framed in a way that connects students with the chance to work in actual rule of law initiatives around the world--often working in partnership with and assisting law firms and lawyers also engaged on those same projects.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Grow opportunities for law students to engage in pro bono.


    » Fund a UK based lawyers to oversee, manage and liaise with UK based student divisions.
    » Conduct annual events that expose students to innovative pro bono opportunities.
    » Provide students with opportunities to conduct important research used to frame and structure rule of law projects and initiatives.

    What success will look like

    Increase number of LWOB student divisions in UK and abroad. Increase LWOB Studivs with presence in social media, Facebook etc.

    Aim 2

    Plant the seeds of pro bono in prospective members of the bar.


    » Encourage volunteering students to conduct activities on campus that support and promote rule of law and pro bono service.

    What success will look like

    # of 3rd party events or presentations and collaborative partnerships established. Increase in number of students participating in existing LWOB Student divisions.

    Aim 3

    Encourage students to apply their creative instincts to traditional ROL programming.


    » Host and conduct an annual Innovation Event that generates student-led innovations which problem solve actual rule of law challenges.

    What success will look like

    # of student divisions, teams and universities participating in annual Rule of Law Innovation Challenge Event (ROLIC)

  • Impact


    A growing corps of young lawyers who undertake their training contracts and associateships who incorporate pro bono a part of their careers as lawyers.

    1) Data that tracks studiv members as they join the bar, their involvement in LWOB ROL projects as lawyers,
    2) their liaising as lawyers with their former studivisions
    3) Increase in participation and number of student divisions across UK and globally.


    Early models of the program revealed the single largest risk was due to the transient nature of the student population. In nearly every academic environment, within 3-4 years the turnover of the student body is complete. LWOB has remedied this problem by creating a mandatory infrastructure model which mandates that a "rising 3rd year" always be in the #2 leadership position, and automatically rise to leadership in their final year at university. This system is working very well to date.


    Donors can contact us to receive annual reports on the work and development of the Student Divisions at any time. Opportunities may also be available to attend events and projects supported by the funds raised. Financials for LWOB headquarters in USA are publicly available at Guidestar.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £16,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,000 Administrator Stipend for lawyer to oversee student division structure, respond to studiv inquiries, oversee event
      £3,000 Fresher Fair Materials Materials for studivs hosting booths at Fresher Fairs for fall recruitments
      £2,500 Fellowships To support expenses to join international ROL training or intern at LWOB USA
      £3,000 Production Costs Supporting deliverables created by student division for rule of law projects
      £2,000 Field Projects Allow students to work on and join rule of law field projects, primarily in Africa
  • Background


    Student Divisions are located in Hertfordshire, Aberdeen, Southampton, Oxford, LSE, Kings, UCL, SOAS, Exeter and Bristol . Division approvals are in progress and pending for universities in USA, Brazil and India and Strathclyde in UK.


    Any and every individual who hopes to use a court or access justice where they live, that administers justice fairly, transparently, without corruption and in a way that acknowledges individuals' human rights and other rights they may have under their country's laws, regulations or constitution.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Lawyers Without Borders knows of no other model or organization that provides these opportunities for students who hope to join the legal profession, to get this kind of meaningful hands-on experience.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Alfred Underwood

    Alfred has worked with LWOB in USA, continued to do pro bono after completion of his students and now will help administer and oversee this program.

    Law Students

    The several hundred currently enrolled students who demonstrate commitment to shared ideals daily.

    Christina Storm

    Founder and director of Lawyers Without Borders who treasures the commitment and spirit of the young people she has had the honor of working with.